The NFL has been around for a long time, and for most of that time, quarterbacks of various skill levels have been chucking around passes to varying degrees of success.
Pro Football Reference have quarterback data going back to 1960, and in digging through their numbers, I found some interesting facts about Mike Glennon’s performance on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Glennon finished with nine completions on 25 passes with two touchdowns, two interceptions and only 90 yards passing. And his team won the football game.
Since 1960, only 64 quarterbacks (Glennon included) have finished a game with 25 attempts or more while compiling fewer than 100 yards, less than 40 percent completion percentage, and at least two interceptions.
Of those 64, only six won their football game. And of those 64, none threw for two touchdowns, as Glennon did.
Glennon’s performance was historically odd, because his subpar completion percentage and lack of yardage should have sunk his team’s offense. But his ability to strike for two touchdowns, combined with the ineptitude of the Buffalo offense, were enough to get his team a victory.
Mike Glennon’s only completed pass during the second half of Sunday’s game was a -8 yard reception by Bobby Rainey.
The former NC State signal caller had an awful day, but made the two plays he needed to make (including a wobbling duck to Vincent Jackson for a touchdown) to keep the Bills in their place and secure a win.